I did an experiment with the IncuView All In One Incubator to see if I could increase my hatch rate.
Here’s a few videos of a quail chick hatching and wobbling around right after. Fun stuff!
I have been using the IncuView incubator since I started raising quail. I chose this unit based on reviews and recommendations and they were mostly good to great.
Would I recommend this incubator for quail? Yes. Here’s why.
What I like:
In general, the IncuView functions great and is almost a “set it and forget it” kind of unit. Once the temperature is set, you just need to keep an eye on the humidity and add some water when needed.
You program the heating unit (easy) to the temperature you want and it stays there. The heating unit is easily adjusted to calibrate the heater to the thermometer (more on this below).
I love the clear lid that allows you to see into the entire inside of the incubator. It’s easy to clean as well since it’s all plastic instead of Styrofoam like other cheaply made incubators.
It turns the eggs for you, so you don’t have to open the lid and allow all of the heat and humidity to escape. Just program it to turn the eggs every X number of hours and it will do it for you.
It’s compact and lightweight.
What I don’t like:
Like most incubators, the built-in hygrometer is total trash (at least the one on mine was). When I first started to incubate quail eggs I foolishly relied on the built-in hygrometer and my first hatch was disastrous, with only 3 eggs hatching out of the 50 that I put in the IncuView. The hygrometer read VERY low, so I had the humidity up WAY too high to compensate for the low reading. As a result, my hatch was terrible.
Most folks that hatch chicks have an additional hygrometer and thermometer in their incubators to be sure that conditions are just right.
To be fair, most incubators have unreliable thermometers and/or hygrometers built into them, so the IncuView is no exception. Get at least one additional thermometer/hygrometer combo unit like this to be sure you are set up correctly.
All in all, I recommend the IncuView incubator for anyone that wants to hatch coturnix quail.
We had 22 quail chicks hatch a few days ago. It was our best hatch yet!
I credit the success to the fact that I built the new cages and only put 4 or 5 hens and 1 rooster in each cage. This should have increased the fertility of the eggs and it looked like it worked out perfectly.